Local trainer pays tribute to legendary Dundee
Allan (Forty) Rego was among those paying tribute to late boxing trainer Angelo Dundee who died in Florida yesterday of a heart attack.
Dundee, 90, worked with several world champions throughout his illustrious career but is best known for his famous partnership with the legendary Muhammad Ali.
The late trainer guided Ali through his greatest fights with George Foreman and the late Joe Frazier that defined the multiple world heavyweight champion’s distinguished career.
He was also in the outspoken boxer’s corner when he upset Sonny Liston in 1964 to land his first heavyweight title.
Dundee worked with 14 other world champions as well as Bermudian middleweight boxer Troy Darrell who retired from professional boxing in 1991 with a record of 26-3, including 22 knockouts.
Local trainer Rego actually accompanied Darrell to Miami when he was first introduced to Dundee in the 1980s.
“I was the one who took Troy down to Angelo in Miami either late 1985 or early 1986,” he recalled. “When he went to Angelo Troy was 22-0 with 19 knockouts.
“Troy learned a lot from Angelo who was very knowledgeable about boxing. Troy and Angelo had a good relationship.”
Rego said the late Dundee was someone who could break down barriers.
“Angelo was a good person to be around because he could get in doors you where you couldn’t get in before,” he said. “Him, Troy and I went to a big restaurant one time and there was like 40-50 people lined up but the minute he (Dundee) showed his face around the corner they called us right in.
“With Angelo you always had a free pass and he was a good person to be with if you wanted to get a fight. He could also get you a lot of money for a fight.”
Rego also acquired valuable pointers from the man who worked with Ali for 20 years.
“What I learned from Angelo was how to treat cuts, he was really good with cuts,” Rego said. “If you get a cut it’s better to use a lot of little stitches than to use big stitches because it heals faster. And you always hold the cut up instead of down, wipe it clean and then put vaseline and stuff on it.”
Rego believes the late Dundee was a strategist more than anything else.
“Everybody has it all mixed up and I’m not speaking bad about the man because he was good at what he done,” he said. “Everybody thinks Angelo is a renowned trainer but he was actually a strategist.
“He could tell you what fight to take, where to take the fight, what side of the referee to go in and he could get more money for you than anybody else because he is Angelo Dundee.
“Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard all those guys had their coaches before they went to Angelo so he wasn’t like a person who just trained, trained, trained because you couldn’t get Angelo out of his bed no 7am in the morning.”
The late Dundee was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994.
“Boxing has lost a very great personality,” Rego added. “He was a good person to be around.”
Darrell could not be reached for comment.